When it comes to nostalgia, McDonald’s customers definitely love it.
The burger chain on Tuesday brought back its Halloween pail, which hasn’t been offered in the US since 2016. Plastic trick-or-treat buckets decorated to look like ghosts, ghosts or jack-o’-lanterns (aka McBoo, McGoblin and McPunk’n, respectively) trended quickly among real-time Google searches on Tuesday .
But the appetite for these Halloween buckets is nothing compared to a recent McDonald’s MCD,
Collaborating with streetwear company Cactus Plant Flea Market, which produced a $12-$13 box (known as an “adult Happy Meal”) with a food combo and Happy Meals targeted toward adults who grow up A collectible figurine was included.
They quickly sold out, and now some enterprising fast food lovers are selling adult Happy Meal toys on online resale sites for thousands of dollars.
So what is the appeal? Nostalgia, nostalgia, nostalgia. “Everyone remembers their first Happy Meal as a kid… and you can’t sit still to see what was inside.” McDonald’s wrote in a press release, “And now, we’re re-imagining that experience in a new way — this time, for adults.”
The limited edition Cactus Plant Flea Market Box at McDonald’s debuted on October 3rd, feeding the average customer’s inner child by offering a choice of a Big Mac or 10-piece chicken nuggets main dish, french fries, and a soft drink. as well as one of four “toys” featuring McDonald’s mascots such as Grimace, Hamburglar and Birdie, as well as a new “Cactus Buddy!” Shape (Yes, the exclamation point is part of his name.)
Cactus Plant Flea Market Boxes sold out in many places the same day they were released. Some McDonald’s employees took over reddit and TikTok to share how much they were No Love it – which was reminiscent of what many hated Starbucks SBUXs,
Employees felt toward the Viral Unicorn Frappuccino in 2017.
And now, both toys and boxes have become nearly impossible to come by—unless you’re willing to cough up a lot of cash. A medium Cactus Plant Flea Market box costs about $12, with large boxes closer to $13 — and a new jersey mom Noted that in her area, a Big Mac combo with fries and a drink runs under $10, so she originally spent $3 to get the collectible toy.
But an eBay listing offers three collectible cactus plant flea markets, still unwrapped and in their original packaging, asking for a whopping $300,000,
Another listing on the fashion marketplace Griddle, marked as an “Authenticated” post, features “Cactus Buddy!” Figure for an asking price of $39,999 (100% off the original $44,444 price tag.)
But there are dozens of other lists for different toys and boxes on resale sites like EBAY And Facebook Marketplace In the more delicious $10-$30 range, or with all four collectible figurines running between bundles $60-$70,
McDonald’s was not immediately available for comment, but A representative told Axios that“The hype for the Cactus Plant Flea Market Box was so real that some of our restaurants have opted out of the limited-edition experience.” “We’re thrilled with the excitement we’re seeing,” he said.
McDonald’s official Twitter account is also taking inquiries from frustrated potential customers who haven’t been able to get their hands on any of the adult Happy Meals, apologizing that it was a limited-time offer only.
Time will tell whether more “adult happy meals” will be offered in the future. Clearly a customer base is hungry for more.
This certainly isn’t McDonald’s first viral sensation. The fast food giant has also found success with celebrity collaborations featuring K-pop sensation BTS, or singing diva Mariah Carey – which reportedly sold out as well.
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